|Ohio woman avoids prison when strangers repay debt||| Print ||
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 10:59|
CINCINNATI (AP) â€” An Ohio woman with a $3,000 legal debt from nearly 30 years ago has avoided prison, thanks to strangers who paid it off.
Cincinnati business owner and former social worker Gene Ellington offered more than $2,000 to help 61-year-old Dorothy Rembert after he read about her plight. Last week, another man donated $1,000.
Government employees recently found Rembert had an outstanding probation violation from a 1981 welfare theft conviction when she applied for Social Security.
She had been placed on five years' probation and ordered to repay $3,700. She paid $695 and says she erroneously believed her then-husband, who is deceased, paid the rest.
Rembert was in tears Thursday at the Hamilton County courthouse as she hugged Ellington.
A judge will dismiss the case once the checks clear.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com
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